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, a photo of the man police said launch a dramatic hostage standoff. jimmy lee dykes has been holding 5-year-old ethan against his will. communicating with the negotiators through the pipe >> i looked up and he's talking about threatening to kill us all or something. >> it all happened when dykes stormed on to this school bus and kidnapped the child. >> i just want two kids. >> 14-year-old and her 12-year-old brother were all on that bus. they said that dykes got on and gave the driver what appeared to be a gift of broccoli and a note and demanded two children. >> the bus driver kept saying, please get off the bus. so, he just tried to back up and he pulled out the gun and he just shot him. and he just took ethan. >> when all of this started, what were you thinking? >> i was shocked. like, i never thought that i would have to go through a shootout. >> reporter: they were able to escape. as dykes ran off carrying little ethan. that's when their mother got the call about the shooting. >> i grabbed all three of them at once. i started crying. >> reporter: the children had seen dykes before. con
-old jimmy lee dykes is dead. abc news learned authorities inserted a camera into the bunker and monster his movements. they positioned the s.w.a.t. team near the entrance and used an explosives charge to get into the bunker and neutralize dykes. >> the fbi feared the child was in eminent danger and rescued the child. >> reporter: last tuesday he boarded a school bus and threatened the kids. >> he is threat tong kill us all or something. >> reporter: dykes allegedly shot and killed the bus driver and kidnapped ethan. >> just had a bus driver shot and possibly killed. >> reporter: after dykes grabbed him he headed to a bunker behind his house. >> he seemed like a weird person and i thought that is just the way he is. >> reporter: he was a decorated vietnam vet. he moved back two years ago. neighbors in this tiny rural alabama town say he once beat a dog with a lead pipe and threatened to shoot children who set foot on his property and a neighbor saw the underground bunker. >> it is lined with red bricks all in it and steps made out of cinder blocks. i said what are you using for and he said i
. >> a weird story here. jimmy lee dykes is said to be making the child as comfortable as possible. allowing the police to send down cheez-its and a hot wheels car. meanwhile, funeral services were held yesterday for the bus driver he was accused of shooting. >>> nor on the killing of a former navy s.e.a.l. the suspect is now suicide watch. here's ryan owe whens with more. >> reporter: former navy s.e.a.l. sniper chris was such a good shot, he hit a target a mile way. the 48-year-old died at place he should have felt comfortable. this gun range south of dallas. defectives say he died at the hands of a young man he was trying to counsel. officers arrested this 25-year-old former marine, eddie ray ralph after a police chase. they say he turned the gun on kyle and a friend, murdering them both. he knew the stress of combat as well as anyone. he served four deployment, won seven med dallas of bravery and killed more than 150 people. he was the deadliest sniper in military history. >> i love the job, the guys, the camaraderie. >> reporter: on the home front, he became a best-selling author. in hi
jimmie lee dykes broke down. officials are not releasing any details on the rate but they say he was shot and killed. police and family of a boy named ethan are just glad he is safe. >> he is happy to be home. he is very excited. like a said, he is happy to be home. and he looks good. he looks good. >> ethan's six birthday is tomorrow. the investigators have many days of work still ahead of them at the crime scene. >> a push for gun control -- reveals january was the second highest month on record for gun background checks, according to the fbi. more than 2.4 million background checks will profit -- process through the national and state from a back road test -- check system and december was the number one record-setting month with 2.7 million. that was after the deadly shooting in the town bank, connecticut. >> and the risk of a national financial crisis the federal government is accusing standard and poor's of civil fraud. the government said the rating agency gave high marks to risky mortgage bonds and that helped bring on the financial crisis. it says s&p misled investors and ignore
alabama is now a week old today. vietnam jimmy lee dykes now an alleged murderer remained holed up with a 5-year-old he took. >> the flag-dragged coffin carrying the 66-year-old bus driver where family and friends gathered to say good-bye. he was shot several times and killed before the gunman abducted the 5-year-old boy from the bus hchl e's been holding the 5-year-old in a bunker since tuesday. an escort of buses followed him to his final resting place. the school superintendent read letters from the children who rode his bus. poland was also a sunday school teacher. a cousin told me poland and his wife loved being around children. >> he always loved kids. it's not surprising he did what he did. >> reporter: after poland laid to rest people gathered in the city for a prayer vigil. they've been coming here every night hoping the standoff ends peacefully. they continue to speak to him through a ventilation pipe. on sunday they used the pipe to deliver items that the boy requested includes cheez-its and red hotwheels cars. investigators say dykes is making the boy as comfortable as
-- in an underground bunker in midland city, alabama. the gunman - jimmy lee dykes - entered a child's school bus and murdered the driver, before taking a little boy hostage. dale county sheriff wally olsen expresses how he feels. after they safely rescued the five- year old boy- ethan. >> you know, i am a father and a lot of these men and women that have been sacrificing tireless hours are also parents. you know, it is a relief for us to be able to reunite a mother with her child. >> pam: authorities say, ethan is doing well. he was taken to a local hospital to be checked-- since he suffers from asperger's syndrome and attention deficit disorder. there is no word on exactly how the 65 year-old gunman died. >> a former navy seal sniper was one of two men killed at a shooting in a remote gun range in texas on saturday. chris kyle --known for his record number of kills as a sniper was shot and killed at a gun range in texas. veteran chad littlefield was also shot and killed. police say. eddie ray routh. admitted to shooting both men. after a short chase. police arrested routh. routh spent four year
been going on for close to a week. jimmy lee dykes described as a survivalist, the bus driver who shielded other children from the gunman is being hailed as a hero. charles poland jr. was honored yesterday. victor blackwell is following all of the developments from midland city, alabama. ♪ >> hundreds of friends and relatives, strangers, listened to excerpts from letters writtenpy children. the children, 66-year-old bus driver charles poland dref to school every day. teachers arrived oniel low buses aborned with black bows to honor the friend they called chuck. >> he was a simple man, but i can tell you this, there this time, i haven't used a word to describe himself that he would very graciously decline, and that word is hero. >> reporter: he was driving his usual route on tuesday when jimmy lee dykes forced his way on to the bus with the gun and demanded to take two of the 22 children. poland refused. dykes shot and killed him and snatched a 5-year-old boy. local, state and federal authorities have been working around the clock to free the boy from a bunker. heater and electri
. >> reporter: police say his alleged killer, jimmy lee dykes, boarded a stopped school bus and demanded two kids. when poland refused, police say dykes shot him to death and took a boy named ethan with a mild form of autism hostage. >> i wish i could just hug him and hold him and tell him it's going to be all right. >> reporter: dykes has kept ethan in an underground bunker allowing him crackers, coloring books and medicine. as the standoff enters the second week, there's no telling how long it could last. psychologists say the toll on ethan could be significant. >> the over dd riding thought in his head is that he wants his mother, that he just wants to be out of that situation. >> reporter: the ordeal brings back eerie memories of another kidnapping in 1976. three men with guns abducted 26 children, ages 5 to 14 from a school bus in chalchilla, california, the kidnappers forced them underground. they spent 16 terrible hours there, clutching each other in tears. the kids and their bus driver, also hailed as a hero, managed to escape. but 37 years later for many, the scars remain. >> the lo
information about the gunman. 65-year-old jimmy lee dykes is at the man at the center of the standoff. he's accused of killing a bus driver and taking a 5-year-old boy hostage. the vietnam era veteran is described as a loner who did not trust the government. he used to walk his property at might with a flashlight and a gun. he threatened to shoot children before. the man is now held up in an underground bunker with a boy. police are in communication with the two. they've delivered food, toys and medicine to the boy. >>> the man suspected of killing a former navy seal was an iraq war veteran. eddie ralph served in the marine corps from 2006 to 2010 and is currently on reserve duty. he's accused of killing 38-year-old chris kyle and another man at a ex tex gun range saturday night. police say they arrested ralph a short time later and that his time in the military may have contributed to the deadly shooting. >> it's my understanding that the suspect may have been suffering from some type of mental illness from being in the military himself. i understand he was a marine for four years and ma
jimmy lee dykes and rescued young ethan who was taken to the hospital just as a precaution. >>> the horrible explosion in mexico's pmex oil company was caused by a gas buildup. most of deaths and serious injuries happened when the building collapsed. >>> it's an idea that's been floated around here for years but condition today got to it first. our neighbors to the north are now facing -- phasing out the penny coin. canadian pennies are being collected to melted down. purchases will be rounded up or down to the nearest five cents. >>> the good news is we're getting warmer. >> but howard has some rain messing up the forecast. messing up the forecast. we'll join this is dylan right , this is dylan, and this is his big brother hayden. dylan's only five, but he's already been through two surgeries for brain tumors. and he just went through his second round of chemo. and this is their mother, dawn, who runs this loving and happy home. she too struggled with tumors. but that doesn't slow her down. her love of family comes first. their dad, phil, works two jobs, repairing copiers,
. >>> negotiators are still talking by a man holding a 5-year-old in a bunker for three days. 65-year-old jimmy lee dykes stormed the school on tuesday. he shot the bus driver and ended up taking the boy named ethan into a bunker. the boy has his medicine plus crayons and a tv to keep him calm. >>> tributes to former new york city ed koch are pouring into our newsroom. koch passed away this morning of congest tour failure. he served as mayor from 1978 to 1989. he'll be remembered for his feisty style. supporters say he helped lift new york city out of its financial crisis in the late '80s. koch will be laid to rest on monday. he was 88 years old. >>> and d.c. councilmember tommy wells is thinking of running for mayer. we understand he will launch an exploratory committee. that doesn't mean he'll definitely run for mayer. but he does hope to make a decision this spring. he said current mayer vincent gray didn't reannounce if he'll run for re-election. >> the economy added 150,000 new jobs last month according to the department of labor. it also released data that suggested hiring was stronger in the
in alabama after being taken by a gunman from his school bus. jimmy lee dykes is the man at the center of this standoff. the veteran is described as a loner who did not trust the government. the man is held up in an underground bunker with the boy. police are in communication with the two. they have delivered food, toys and medicine for the little boy. >> as this standoff drags on, charles poland jr. was remembered as a hero during his funeral yesterday. 20 other children were on the bus at the time of his death. the 66-year-old was praised for his character and his devotion to the children in his community. >>> police in texas are still working to figure out were an iraq war veteran shot and killed a former navy seal over the weekend. the u.s. military confirmed eddie ralph served in the marines from 2006 to 2010 and is currently on reserve duty. he's accused of killing 38-year-old chris kyle and another man at a texas gun range saturday night. police believe ralph was unemploy and possibly mentally unstable snooimts my understanding that the suspect may have been suffering from some
jimmy lee dykes to release the 5-year-old, who has asperger's syndrome and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. but they acknowledged dykes could hold out for days. the police chief of a neighboring town told reporters that dykes has been known to hole up in the underground bunker resembling a tornado shelter for as many as eight days. >> the truth of it is that it happens. sooner or later i could not control. >> that is the man behind theauthorities in mexico >> that is the man behind theauthorities in mexico ci tell mlle you yolove me. tell mlle i'm i'beautiful. tellte me we'll grow old together. in sic skness esand in health. tell me mthat i'm still the o. thatth you need me. that i'm i your super hero! tellte me you'll never let me . tell me myou miss me. that'sat all ill need. [ femalema announcer ] for evr erything they neyeed tod hear this visalentine's day, there'ers a haa llmark car. they neyeed tod hear this visalentine's day, at ikea, we don't just we design good mornings. little experiments. big ideas. brighter ways. and better tomorrows you can take home
lee dykes is said to be making the child as comfortable as possible, allowing police to send down crackers, even a hot wheels car. we're told that dykes has demanded that a reporter be sent down to speak with him. meanwhile, funeral services were held yesterday for the school bus driver dykes is accused of shooting. you have to wonder the psyche of that little boy. seven days down there now. no end in sight. and according to some reports, that bunker is well stocked. this could drag on for weeks and weeks. >> the only thing that we worry about is the little boy and that he's being kept as comfortable as possible. that's all we can hope and pray for at this point. and the fact the police are asking us to pray is hard to take. >>> police in turkey are questioning at least 11 suspects in the death of a woman who vanished before she was to return home. 33-year-old sarai sierra suffered a fatal blow to the head. she was seen on surveillance video walking through a mall. detectives are still trying to figure out why her passport and her cell phone were left behind in her hotel room. >>>
. this is according to police who have been communicating with this 65-year-old man, jimmy lee dykes, talking to him through a pipe leading into this bunker. some eight feet under ground. the standoff began tuesday when dykes allegedly snatched the boy from his school bus, killing the driver who tried to stop him. >>> now two years after the egyptian uprising, hosni mubarak, this is cairo today. thousands of opponents of president mohamed morsi hurling molotov cocktails, setting off fireworks at the outer wall of the palace compound as a fire burned. this is the entrance of his palace. we're hearing morse write ing inside. >>> and this is the scene, you hear all the chanting, the shouting. this is outside our cnn bureau in cairo. hundreds of protesters chanting in the streets. a week of riots calling for an end to morsi's rule has left up to 60 people dead. >>> a terse response from senator robert menendez to allegations he partied with prostitutes in the caribbean. he was asked if he had violated any campaign finance laws on those trips. >> menendez released a statement earlier calling the allegat
the first picture of the man they say is responsible. 65-year-old jimmy lee dykes. the man believed to be holding hostage a boy with asperger's syndrome named ethan in an underground bunker. >> he has supplies there and food there, but this is a young child, 5 years only has he got food that this child will eat? >> reporter: nbc news confirmed dykes served more than four years in the u.s. navy in the '60s and earned several awards, including a meritorious unit commendation, good conduct medal and vietnam service medal. but on tuesday, those honors seemed very far away. police say dykes boarded a stopped school bus and demanded two random young children. when the bus driver refused, police say dykes shot and killed him. made off with 5-year-old ethan. kelly miller says her kids got off that bus right before the shooting. >> i cannot believe -- if he got on that bus with the intentions of grabbing a 6 to 8-year-old, he let them clear the bus before this happened. >> reporter: visitation for the bus driver, charles poland jr., is scheduled for later today. his family says he loved his
is unharmed. on friday, investigators released this picture of the suspect, 65-year-old jimmy lee dykes. not only was he in the navy in the '60s, but he earned awards including the vietnam service medal. friday, police towed away the school bus from the crime scene. it had been there since tuesday afternoon when police say dykes boarded it as it was stopped, demanded a few children, and then shot and killed the bus driver when he wouldn't hand them over. since then, dykes has been holed up in an underground bunker nearby with a 5-year-old boy named ethan with asbupergeasper syndrome. officials have lowered medicine and coloring books for ethan through the pipe. the bus driver has been called a hero, and the funeral will be scheduled for later today. residents are hoping and praying for a peaceful resolution. lester? >> gabe gutierrez for us this morning. thank you. >>> and clint van zandt is a former fbi profiler and nbc news analyst. nice to have you here. >> hi, lester. good to be here. >> we understand this man has a television. so i have to be mindful -- we have to be mindful, we do
as jimmy lee dikes through a 4-inch pipe. investigators say dykes has strong anti-government views and the shooting of the bus driver may have been a hate crime. meanwhile, the community continues to hold out hope for the hostage, gathering for a series of village ims and church services. police say there's no indication that dykes has hurt the child. the child reportedly has an autism-like disorder as well as adhd. police have been delivering medication to him through the pipe. >>> happening today, a former culpeper police officer convicted of manslaughter heads back to court. today a judge will decide if the verdict should be tossed out because jurors consulted a dictionary while deliberating. the attorneys for the defendant say that shows the panel was confused about their instruction. >>> today is hillary clinton's final day on the job. and as she leaves, she is issuing a parting warning about iran about meddling in the civil war in syria. she warned about iran sending more fighters and upgraded military supplies to the government of syria, which is fighting a civil war. mrs.cl
these ongoing negotiates to three -- negotiations to free this 5- year-old boy. witnesses say jimmy lee dykes pulled a young boy off a school bus on tuesday after shooting the driver. the pair has been holed up in a bunker-type rhyme since then. this animation is -- room since then. this animation is what the room is supposed to look like. >> these three past days have not been easy on anyone. details of this situation have been very limited. we know that that could be frustrating for all of you. >> reporter: frustrating is right. members of the community have been holding vigil and church services hoping for a positive outcome. >> trying to bring the community together in one purpose. that's to pray for the safety protection of this young child an for the safe release to get him back to his family as quick as possible. >> while some pray, others wish they could do more to help the child. >> he needs to be back with his family. if i can go and get him, i would. >> the boy's parents have spayed out of the spotlight but did child's mother says her son was asperger's syndrome as well as hyperatt
is described as hanging on by a thread. hostage negotiators have been communicating with suspects jimmy lee dykes through a four-inch-wide pvc pipe that runs 16 feet into the bunker where dykes remains with his 5-year-old captive. >> negotiators continue to communicate with the suspect, and there's no reason to believe the child has been harmed. >> reporter: the two have been underground since tuesday afternoon, when dykes stormed onto a school bus and shot driver charles poland jr. four times, killing him. according to published reports, poland held the gunman at the front of the bus while 21 children escaped out the back. the gunman grabbed two children but one managed to break free. he then kidnapped a boy now identified as ethan. the six foot by eight-foot space has electricity and supplies. police were able to develop food and medication to the boy who has special needs. he's also been able to watch television. reportedly dykes has asked for nothing while refusing to release the child. the fbi stays in contact with dykes during the day and lets him sleep at night.
on. >>> d >>> neighbors in midland city say jimmy lee dykes has been working on a bunker for more than a year now. he has stayed there for eight days at a time. the sheriff offered this update to reporters. >> i can tell you that negotiators continue to communicate with the suspect and there is no reason to believe that the child has been harmed. they ask that everybody continue to keep the child and the family and all who are part of this investigation in your prayers. >> george howell has been covering this from the beginning. there is no reason to believe that the child has been harmed, so what do we know about this child? >> when you try to talk about these investigators, they are very tightlipped, they only offer updates every so often, when they speak, everyone listens. at this point, what we know is exactly what we said this young boy remains physically unharmed, the most important we heard. and they were able to get this young boy, medications, daily medications that he needs, but he remains held up against his will inside that bunker. one person who knows about that bunke
and the driver could face charges. >>> the school bus driver allegedly shot by jimmy lee dykes was laid to rest yesterday. dykes remains underground with his 5-year-old captive. manuel bojorquez has more. >> reporter: good morning, charlie and norah. police tell us they still have an open line of communication with dykes but after almost a full week of the standoff, very little has changed. details remain scarce. dykes did allow police to lower crackers and a red hotwhiles eer into the bunker. she's a friend of the family. she says he has autism. >> i know he's cried. i know he wants his mama because he's never been away from her. >> i want to thank him for taking care of our child. >> reporter: neighbors know him for his anti-government rant bus he's a decorated vietnam veteran. he received awards for good conduct. just miles from the standoff, hundreds gathered sunday to remain slain bus driver charles poland jr. police say dykes shot poland tuesday when he stormed this bus and demanded child hoss tax. 22 escaped. robby bachelor is also a school bus driver. >> he laid down his life for the ki
jimmy lee dykes wants or his motivation, but they have told us what the 5-year-old, ethan wants, and it puts it in perspective if you don't have young children in your life, the priorities of a child. he requested a red hot wheels car and cheese-itz crackers. those were delivered along with more food and medications yesterday. some students will go back to class. some schools have been closed since tuesday when the bus driver, charles poland, "whose funeral was yesterday. >> the children will be asking a lot of questions. i have seen some on the street. some are afraid to get back on the buses, but we have to encourage them and uplift them, in spite of what's going on. we have to let them know, you know, that they are here for an education, don't worry about that. >> reporter: i spoke with a local school bus driver and she says drivers in the district have met and will work on official safety procedures in the event a person gets on the school bus with a weapon. we're expecting the next official update at noon eastern. john. >> victor blackwell in midland city. thank you for kee
tuesday afternoon. authorities say this man is the kidnapper, jimmy lee dikes, he is accused of pulling the boy off the school bus and fatally shooting the bus driver in the process. so far, dykes is showing no signs of turning himself in. the bunker is similar to a tornado shetter with food, blankets and a television. the only contact with the outside world is a 4-inch ventilation pipe that is how police have been communicating with the suspect. negotiations are continuing. we suspect a news conference to bring us more details later on this afternoon. we will bring that to you with the latest on this very odd and sad situation, later in our program. >> jamie: there are new developments to tell but in the growing crisis with syria. it's very close ally iran. syrian president is meeting with top iranian officials and assuring his ally that the syrian military is capable of confronting any aggression against his country. this is new video of president assad and the supreme court council of iranian security. assad referencing an israeli airstrike within his borders on wednesday. syrian tv
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